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ISBN-13: 978-0199552801 ISBN-10: 0199552800

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  • Paperback: 248 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press (June 15, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199552800
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199552801
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 0.7 x 6.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #226,818 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Self-Constitution is nonetheless a new monograph, presenting the very latest versions of Korsgaard's central arguments. And it is a truly remarkable achievement, readable, learned, humane, and passionate. It is also beautifully written. Above all, it is exciting. Korsgaard is far from unscholarly, but -it seems to me- she is not afraid to be thought unscholarly because she takes risks that more costive and timid academics might eschew. Good for her." --Philosophy

"Should you cause yourself to read a copy, you shall constitute yourself well." --Constantine Sandis, Metapsychology

"Korsgaard's project is highly ambitious, philosophically interesting and important. She pursues this project in a very original way, drawing together strands of thought from seemingly very different philosophical traditions in surprising ways, and the resulting synthesis is remarkable for its philosophical power and unity. As usual, Korsgaard's writing is engaging and pithy throughout, and it is hard not to be drawn inot the text. Anyone interested in the nature of morality, normativity or action should read these books." --Analysis Advance Access

About the Author

Christine M. Korsgaard earned her B.A. at the University of Illinois in 1974, her Ph.D. at Harvard University, where she studied with John Rawls, in 1981, and an LHD at the University of Illinois in 2004. She is currently Arthur Kingsley Porter Professor of Philosophy at Harvard University. She works on moral philosophy and its history, practical reason, agency, personal identity, and the relations between human beings and the other animals.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By lissonifan on April 4, 2013
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Korsgaard is to my mind (though not mine alone) the world's greatest living expositor of the Kantian ethical tradition. This book wipes away, in effortless prose, many of the misconceptions about Kant that his own difficult, often obscure language helped to create. Korsgaard tackles most of the criticisms of Kant that people muster when rejecting his ideas: his rigorism, his denial of self-interest, his subordination of pleasure, the emptiness of his formalism, his sacralization of reason. While sensitive to why these criticisms have occurred to so many people, Korsgaard demonstrates in careful step-by-step explication of Kant's dominant concerns--self-constitution, the commitment to freedom, and the inseparability of these ideas--how thoroughly beside the point most anti-Kantian objections have been. I should know; as a diehard, lifelong utilitarian with a stiff empiricist spine, I have always found Kant a "turnoff." Korsgaard's book persuades me that my long-held views of Kant have been deeply mistaken. In that regard (a small regard, but not an insignificant one), it has been genuinely life-changing.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By George Buck on June 5, 2013
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You can read this. It is not encumbered with asides about who thinks her arguments miss somehow; she just makes her case following --as she thinks--Kant and Aristotle. Strong presentation which is not afraid to address problems. Very good book.
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